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When CBD is applied to the skin, it gets to work by focusing on balance and soothes inflammatory processes – perfect in case of the mosquito bites. One of the cool things about working with startups is being in front of the curve when industries begin to grow. And you’d be asleep if you didn’t know what one of the fastest growing industries in…

CBD balm for mosquito bites

The list of positive effects of CBD cannabinoids grows longer by the day. By applying CBD resin or drops under the skin, you will more successfully alleviate problems with insomnia, stress and chronic illnesses. When CBD is applied to the skin, it gets to work by focusing on balance, promotes cellular communication and soothes inflammatory processes. It is this latter activity that is important when talking about CBD cannabinoids and insect bites.

Why do mosquitoes bite?

Today it is relatively well known that it is only female mosquitoes that bite. They bite in order to be able to suck our blood which is rich in proteins that are crucial for the successful production and development of mosquito eggs. Since mosquitoes never know when they will successfully come into contact with a potential human host, they take their ‘meals’ very seriously! In just one feeding session they can consume up to three-times their bodyweight in human blood.

A few more interesting facts about mosquitoes

There are around 3,500 different types of mosquitoes throughout the world. Despite their short lifespan (2 months), mosquitoes have one of the longest traditions in the insect world. Scientists date their beginnings to the period of dinosaurs; it is their small size and adaptability that have enabled the species to survive until today. Mosquitoes don’t bite just humans, they are also partial to the blood of various animals, such as frogs and birds. Did you know that mosquitoes are just crazy about CO2? Exhaled carbon dioxide is the reason that mosquitoes discover even the smallest slit in a window or hole in a mosquito net. Practice makes perfect and mosquitoes have had a huge amount of time to perfect their abilities! They now have a special organ for detecting the presence of carbon dioxide, which they are able to detect at distances of up to 50 metres.

What happens when we are bitten by a mosquito?

The main reason that mosquitoes are always on the list of ‘unwanted guests’ is due to the annoying itching that occurs in the place where we have been bitten. The itching occurs due to an inflammation which is caused intentionally by our immune systems. Itching, redness, and swelling are the effects of the insect poison reacting against the antibodies that are responsible for fighting poison in our body.

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Why does CBD sooth skin after a mosquito bite?

When we are bitten by a mosquito an inflammation occurs in our bodies which appears as red, swollen and itchy skin. CBD cannabinoids have a strong anti-inflammatory effect and are therefore effective in reducing, or stopping, the itching which occurs after a mosquito bite. CBD balm that is rubbed into the effective area also works on the skin’s endocannabinoid system – this means that it accelerates communication between cells and the skin’s epidermis and alleviates excessive reactions which occur after a bite.

The results of applying Therapeutic CBD Skin Balm to the affected skin are:

  • Calming of itching
  • Calming of irritation
  • Reduction of local inflammation

What are the benefits of CBD cannabinoids over other remedies for insect bite?

  • CBD ointment is acquired from the green part of industrial hemp type Cannabis Sativa and is 100% natural
  • There are no side-effects (it cares for and nourishes skin)
  • There are no restrictions on use (CBD ointment can be used on any areas of the skin, as many times as required)
  • It is safe, healthy and effective
  • It is suitable for infants, pregnant women, and nursing mothers

Therapeutic CBD balm

Concentrated CBD treatment balm tackles the toughest symptoms of atopic skin, alleviates skin reactions and soothes eczema flare-ups. Reach for it when skin needs fast-acting help for inflamed, reddened and itchy conditions. It provides intense relief and unique nourishing care. Ingredients: High concentration of CBD extract is a powerful anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties. Hemp seed oil, rich in essential fatty acids omega 3 & 6, Vitamin E and minerals – the building blocks of healthy skin. Calendula, shea and mango butter soothe and nurture.

CBD and My Mosquito Bites

One of the cool things about working with startups is being in front of the curve when industries begin to grow. And you’d be asleep if you didn’t know what one of the fastest growing industries in the US is cannabis. Over the past five years I’ve advised cannabis dispensaries, secure vending machines, a laser spectrometer for detecting purity, and several hemp products initiatives. We are just getting started understanding the uses of the cannabis sativa plant, because despite legalization in thirty-three states and the District of Columbia as of the end of 2018, marijuana remains controversial. Pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to invest in a product they don’t know if they can patent and sell.

Let’s pause right here and let me tell you that a byproduct of the cannabis sativa plant took away the itching from some pesky mosquito bites I got last night, and I didn’t get high either. That’s because the product I used, from NoBordersNaturals, is derived from a different strain of the cannabis plant than the one I used to smoke. That seems to be the direction the industry is taking.

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Plant -based research is widely used by the main stream pharmaceutical industry, which is constantly studying folk medicines and other unusual plants to find out what it can run through the FDA and patent. The only plants that are exempt are the ones declared Class I drugs by the Controlled Substances Act. This act simply assumed there was no medicinal use for marijuana.

That’s what happened to the cannabis plant. Until 1937, marijuana was not illegal. My parents smoked it in night clubs. Then FDR signed the Marijuana Tax Act. Timothy Leary challenged that act as a violation of the 5th Amendment in 1969, and it was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1970, but only to be replaced by the Controlled Substances Act.

Nobody bothered to think about that fact that the cannabis sativa plant has two main strains. One is the subject of misperceptions like those in “Reefer Madness,” but the other is boring old hemp. Because of its connection with a Class 1 drug (we can debate whether marijuana deserves this classification) hemp has had an undeserved bad reputation. from which it is finally recovering.

Both strains of cannabis sativa contain chemical compounds called cannabinoids. There are many different cannabinoids, but the most important ones to know about are CBD and THC. In the marijuana plant, CBD is found along with THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets you high. In hemp, there is almost no detectable THC (less than .3%), but there is still CBD.

Some background about marijuana and hemp. Industrial hemp was first woven into fiber as long as 10,000 years ago. Wikipedia says

it has been grown in Europe to make a variety of commercial and industrial products including rope, textiles, clothing, shoes, food, paper, bioplastics, insulation, and biofuel. The bast fibers can be used to make textiles that are 100% hemp, but they are commonly blended with other fibers, such as flax, cotton or silk, as well as virgin and recycled polyester, to make woven fabrics for apparel and furnishings. The inner two fibers of the plant are more woody and typically have industrial applications, such as mulch, animal bedding and litter. When oxidized (often erroneously referred to as “drying”), hemp oil from the seeds becomes solid and can be used in the manufacture of oil-based paints, in creams as a moisturizing agent, for cooking, and in plastics. Hemp seeds have been used in bird feed mix as well . A survey in 2003 showed that more than 95% of hemp seed sold in the European Union was used in animal and bird feed.

Finally, regulators have disentangled hemp, and allowed the industry to diversify. Hemp Oil and Hemp Extract are legal all across the U.S when sold as dietary supplements. I am vegan, and the protein supplement I take almost every day is hemp protein.

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Because it isn’t a drug, hemp and its products have been studied. The most important active ingredient in it is CBD. CBD has been prescribed for patients with severe epilepsy, because it is a seizure-reducer. However, no medical benefit or use can be claimed for CBD products as a class.

This has led to a lot of anecdotal uses and claims, and to the growth of CBD use in everything from shampoos to dog food.

Working with NoBordersNaturals has broadened my own anecdotal experience with CBD, because I was given some free samples:-) First I tried the rub on my sore knee, and found it moderately effective for pain relief. Then I tried the tincture under my tongue. Actually, that method of getting it to my body was even better. I’ll spare you the details about carrier oils (NoBordersNaturals contain emu oil, which is a “carrier” oil.)

I then decided to try it on my friend’s dog Blu who is 15). It helped him, too, although he hates taking it from the eyedropper. NoBordersNaturals is developing edible pet products after Blu gave his feedback.

But last night’s mosquito bites were the clincher for whether CBD “works” or not. I had been testing a prototype Atmotube air quality monitor, and my preliminary results showed me I had toxic air quality in my house after it was cleaned. So I threw open the windows (and threw out the cleaning products, but that’s another story.) And in came the mosquitos.

Once I felt the itching, I got up and went to the medicine cabinet to see what I had in the house to relieve it. But since Arizona is not known for mosquitos, I had nothing on hand.

I did, however, have a jar of NoBordersNaturals rub. So I rubbed it on the bites, figuring the worst that could happen would be nothing. But even though they were three large welts, the CBD rub soothed them immediately, and the next morning they were completely gone.

I thought I’d invented this use until Joe Snyder, the CEO of NoBordersNaturals told me his wife had already successfully used it on their kids.

Until the federal government legalizes marijuana across all fifty states, and real medical research can begin, consumers will have to continue expanding the uses of CBD products on their own. Since hemp is already in our food and in our environment, I’m not going to stop using it on my mosquito bites.

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